Allies agree to resume formal meetings of the NATO-Russia Council

  • Last updated: 10 Mar. 2009 12:49

Allied Ministers reached agreement today to formally resume the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meetings, including at Ministerial level, as soon as possible after the Strasbourg/Kehl Summit.

Front left to right: Karel DE GUCHT (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belgium), NATO Secretary General, Jaap DE HOOP SCHEFFER and Hillary CLINTON (US Secretary of State)

They agreed to use the NRC as a forum for dialogue with Russia on all issues – where they agree and disagree – with a view towards resolving problems and building practical co-operation.

In this regard, Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent States, its intention to build a new military base in Abkhazia, and its suspended implementation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) are seen as areas of particular concern to the Allies.

Ministers will urge Russia to meet its commitments with respect to Georgia.